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Mayor makes ace at Johnson City Country Club

Joe Avento • May 23, 2019 at 4:08 PM

In almost 60 years of playing golf, Jenny Brock had never had a hole-in-one.

That all changed for Johnson City’s mayor Monday at Johnson City Country Club.

Playing in the Homebuilders’ tournament, Brock aced the second hole, holing out an 8-iron from 122 yards out.

“Monday wasn’t the day I was expecting it to happen,” Brock said. “Sometimes you stand up on a par-3 and think maybe this will be the time. I didn’t even think of that. The wind was blowing like crazy and the pin was tucked on the right. I was thinking all I need to do is hit this left and let the wind take over.”

That’s what happened as Brock hit golf’s perfect shot.

“I got my line just right and it bounced right, jumped up and just disappeared,” she said.

Brock, an avid golfer who teaches in the First Tee program, was playing with Tony Sharp, Brian Poston and Tyler Moody, neither of whom she knew before the tournament.

“One of them came up to me before we started and said ‘We heard you’re a pretty good golfer,’ ” Brock said.

After she made the ace, they were convinced.

“They were ecstatic,” Brock said. “We bonded immediately. When it jumped up and disappeared, you have that moment: ‘Did that go in the hole? They started jumping and screaming, helping me celebrate. They made it great.”

To Brock’s dismay, there was no hole-in-one prize on the second hole. That was reserved for the seventh, a longer par-3.

Brock did, however, win the closest-to-the-pin prize on No. 2. After all, there was no way anybody was going to get any closer.

WEBSTER JUNIOR

The inaugural Bill Webster Junior Championship was held at Glenrochie Country Club in Abingdon, Virginia, over the weekend.

Abingdon’s Will Watson won the Boys’ High School Division with a two-day score of 148. Kingsport’s Isabella Vanderbiest shot 147 and won by four strokes in the Girls’ High School Division.

The Middle School winners were Aiden Collier and Rachel Smith.

Before the tournament began, two tee shots were hit by honorary starters. Dr. James Bowden and Millard Cunningham, both in their 90s, were charter members of Glenrochie when the club opened in 1958.

With a supportive crowd on hand, they both striped their tee shots.

TILLINGHAST INVITATIONAL

Entries are being taken for the Tillinghast Invitational, set for June 1-2 at Johnson City Country Club. Call the pro shop at (423) 928-5161 to register.

U.S. SENIOR WOMEN’S OPEN

Former Tri-Cities area pro Nodjya Cook took part in the U.S. Senior Women’s Open last week and shot rounds of 83 and 78 at Pine Needles Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Cook, now a teaching pro in Indiana, had won a qualifier to make the field for the second annual event.

Helen Alfredsson won the championship with a score of one over par.

NCAA WOMEN

Jonesborough’s Addie Baggarly and her Florida teammates finished 11th in the NCAA Championship at the Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The top eight teams qualified for the match play portion of the tournament, where Duke won the national championship this week.

The Gators finished three shots out of match play after 54 holes of stroke play. Baggarly posted rounds of 86, 75 and 77.

The NCAA men begin Friday at the same course. Clemson, with Kingsport’s William Nottingham in the lineup, is in the field.

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